Saturday, July 6, 2013

Vaarwel, onze vriend - Remembering Bas




 

    

...our hearts break just a little. Blogland lost a gentle soul, and Ward and I are much saddened. 

Bas was very much an innovator. He is one of the very first HoH's to speak his truth here. And he could always be counted upon to speak a quiet, and gentle truth. He could always be counted on for good and honest advice and guidance. 

Each of us, in our journey through this life, touches people. Bas touched many. We won't have benefit of hearing his voice, but he has given us the gift of his humor and his wisdom, and the job is ours to make sure that what he taught is passed on in this community.



To Lisa and family, 
Onze harten zijn met u en u wordt in onze gedachten en gebeden. Het is niet realistisch te denken uw verlies en als in kleine maatregel die we kunnen helpen, laat het ons dan weten.

Vaarwel, onze vriend. We nooit zullen vergeten.







HIS POV:   
What can be said except that Bas was one of the true leaders and innovators here in blogland. His words were wise, sound and he simply had a wonderful way of connecting with people. Bas you will truly be missed and it is a true honor to have known you.  Our condolences to family and friends.... Bas, Rest in peace.

40 comments:

  1. My tears are falling all over again. It was kind and considerate of him to write a good bye post. He has been in my thoughts and prayers. Now my prayers are for his sweet wife Lisa.

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    1. Only someone like Bas would think of us, and ease the pain of losing him. But we never really lose him, he touched each of us. His courage and kindness will live through this community.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Bas was truly one of a kind. His unique perspective and undeniable charisma were only part of his appeal. He was truly kind and compassionate and an inspiration to us all. Our prayers and condolences go out to Lisa and his entire family.

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  2. Thank you for such a lovely tribute...Bas and his wisdom will certainly be missed. Joining you in sending prayers and healing energy to Lisa and his family.

    Hugs and Blessings,
    Cat

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    1. Thanks so much, Cat. What a gift to have known him, I hope that the legacy he created brings some small measure of comfort to Lisa, whom he loved so dearly.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thank you for reading our tribute to Bas Cat, Thank you for joining us in celebrating Bas and his wonderful contributions to Blogland. He will truly be missed.

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  3. Lovely. His words touched us all.

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    1. Thanks so much, sunnygirl. He surely did.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Aye he did at that sunnygirl, he did at that.

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  4. I join you and others by praying for the family and friends of Bas. God bless you and yours, Belle L.

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    1. Thank you, Belle, and may He bless you and yours as well :) I hope that all our voices lift Lisa and family, and that she knows she has family here as well.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thank you Belle L, I hope Lisa and his family can feel the support of everyone that ever had the blessing of reading or hearing Bas's words.

      May the good Lord smile on you and yours as well.

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  5. Beautifully stated. Bas' great love for Lisa has inspired me so very much. He was a gentle leader, and loved that Lisa lead right at his side.

    Elisa Xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Elisa, his love for Lisa was a beautiful thing to see. That love and his gentle character inspired everyone.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. The Bas and Lisa love story is defiantly a inspiration to us all. His quiet command of his relationship was and still is an excellent role model for HoH's everywhere.

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  6. Such beautiful words Ward and June, thank you.

    Bas touched us all and enriched our lives with his gentle wisdom. He will be sorely missed, but we have his wonderful words of basdon to reflect upon.

    Prayers to Lisa and family that they may find strength, comfort and peace.

    Hugs,
    Roz

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    1. Thanks so much, Roz. Yes, we have a wonderful legacy in his words of Basdom, and how wonderful that we can share him with everyone that comes into our community in the future! He has much to teach still.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thanks Roz,

      Bas's impact on our community is undeniable and the way he so softly bolstered our community will have a long lasting impact on bloglanders everywhere.

      Thank you for joining us in expressing our prayers and Support to Lisa and family, may the find comfort peace and love in all the days that follow.

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    1. Thanks very much, elle. No words would have been adequate, we're glad that these meager words touched you:)

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thank you very much elle :)

      It is a difficult thing to do to describe how someone had such a monumental impact on an entire community in a simple blog post. Bas will be missed... Thank you again Elle.

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  8. So well said. I am beginning to lose my sadness with all the happiness he inspired by touching all of us.

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    1. Thanks so much, Minelle. The best quote that I ever heard about loss, which brings me much peace is from Harvey Feirstein's Torch Song Trilogy:

      Give yourself time.

      It gets better,

      but it never goes away.

      You can work longer hours,

      adopt a son, fight with me, whatever...

      It'll still be there.

      It becomes a part of you,

      like learning to wear a ring or eyeglasses.

      You get used to it,

      and that's good.

      It's good because it makes sure you don't forget.

      You don't want to forget him, do you?


      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thank you so very much Minelle. June's bittersweet aria awakens deep and impactful feelings. I yet find myself sad but proud to have known such a kind, sweet soul.

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    3. Wow, June, what a truth words. Beautiful...Thank you for it.

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  9. Thank you for such a wonderful post. It is difficult to remain sad when thinking about how much Bas gave to this community which will be passed on for a long time to come. I hope Lisa has opportunity to come here and read how much her beloved touched the lives of so many. Yes, innovator fits very well to describe Bas.

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    1. That's so true, Jacquie. He had a quiet, gentle wisdom that we can ensure passes from us to the next generation of bloggers.

      I hope that she does as well. I think she might be so surprised. I hope that she also knows that she has family here if she ever needs anything.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Bas's contributions and impact are indeed cause for smile. He was a leader not only in his home, but his community and he will always have my gratitude and deepest respect.

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  10. This is such a nice post, June and Ward! :)

    Bas was a special man, who taught us a great deal, especially about how to love in the face of big challenges. He is missed! Hugs to you both,

    <3 Katie

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    1. Thanks very much, Katie. He was very special, and he will most definitely be missed.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thanks Katie,

      He was a blessing to everyone who had an opportunity to hear his wise, soft, knowing words. Hugs to you too!

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  11. I knew that you had many talents, but I didn't know you spoke Dutch.

    Thank you for this post. As long as we honor Bas, he is still with us.

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    1. Thanks very much, Ana :) I have a love of language. We just wanted to extend our hand and wishes to Lisa in her own language as respect and perhaps some small comfort.

      Let us continue to do so!

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thank you Ana,

      June has many talents! We hope that this small gesture will touch Lisa in some small way and bring her peace of mind in the hard days that follow!

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  12. Oh gosh. Ive been muchly absent from blogland for a long time. I am so saddnened to hear of Bas' passing. What a horrible horrible loss. I am sending huge hugs and so much peace to his family. Reast peacefully Bas. You will be greatly missed.

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    1. Thanks so much, HLA. We hope that this community can provide comfort to Lisa.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thank you HLA,

      It is indeed a heavy loss that will be felt throughout blogland forever. Bas was a true leader who inspired many, many people.

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    1. Welcome and thank you for your kind words, Angel.

      (((hugs)))

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    2. Thank you Angel Blue,

      Your sweet words mean a lot.

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